Americans Left Nearly $1 Million At Airports In 2019
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Photo Credit: Jose Luis Pelaez Inc/ Getty Images

Americans Left Nearly $1 Million At Airports In 2019

Parker Diakite
Parker Diakite Sep 4, 2020

You know that feeling you get when you find a lost $20 bill on the street?  Okay, now imagine what it must be like to finding close to $1 million because that must be how TSA is feeling after collecting more $926,030.44 in unclaimed funds that passengers left behind in 2019.  

According to the TSA, the money consisted of loose change and paper currency that passengers removed from their pockets and left behind in a bin during the security screening process at checkpoints.

It seems that passengers are getting a little smarter about how that change adds up because the amount found during FY19 was a decrease in the amount of unclaimed money collected in FY18 when $960,105.49 was left behind.

The top five airports where passengers have left the most money behind were:

  1. John F. Kennedy International Airport – $98,110
  2. San Francisco International Airport – $52,668.70
  3. Miami International Airport – $47,694.03
  4. McCarran International Airport – $44,401.76
  5. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport – $40,218.19

When passengers approach the checkpoint, TSA recommends that travelers place items such as wallets and loose change directly into their carry-on bags to avoid leaving anything behind.

“It is always TSA’s goal to reunite travelers with items they have left behind at checkpoints,” a statement from TSA reads. “If someone returns to the checkpoint within a short timeframe to claim an item that they left behind, it is easily returned to them. If a passenger leaves an item behind, such as a wallet, and does not realize it until after they board their flight, they can contact any of TSA’s lost and found offices at airports across the country to identify the lost item.”

The unclaimed money found at TSA checkpoints will be deposited into a special fund account for providing critical aviation security programs.

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